01 October 2012

Can Tim Cook Still Manage Apple?

After $30 Billion Mistake, Can Tim Cook Manage Apple?
The flaws with Apple (AAPL) Maps and previously with Apple's voice recognition software, Siri, reveal some deep flaws with Tim Cook's work as CEO. You might think that Tim Cook is doing a spectacular job. After all, since taking over as CEO on August ...

Softbank of Japan to Buy Rival eAccess for $2.3 Billion
New York Times
By MICHAEL J. DE LA MERCED Softbank, the cellphone service provider that brought Apple's iPhone to Japan, said on Monday that it would buy a smaller rival, eAccess, for about $2.3 billion in stock, in the face of intensifying competition.

Russia's Yandex combines Chromium and Opera code for new browser
Summary: The web services firm says the browser, due for release later on Monday, will offer users fast loading and enhanced security. It has also unveiled an alternative Android app store, which it is offering to operators and manufacturers as part of ...

Iran unblocks Gmail but still wants to keep out YouTube
Gmail is back online for Iranian citizens, but the government aims to make sure YouTube stays off limits. by Lance Whitney People in Iran can apparently once again access their Gmail accounts after the service was blocked last week.

Meg Whitman unveils first HP tablet
Two years after taking an unsuccessful turn in the political arena, Meg Whitman is back in Silicon Valley, helming the world's largest technology company, Hewlett-Packard. Monday, she's unveiling HP's entry into world of tablets.


Apple Warranty Ads Should Be Examined in EU, Reding Says
By Aoife White on October 01, 2012 Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s advertising of product- warranty practices should be examined by the European Union's 27 states, the bloc's justice chief said. EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding wrote to member countries to ...

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 3G
PC Magazine
Crisp edge-lighting. Sharp new fonts. Fast, smooth, touch-based UI. Improved home screen. Robust app ecosystem. Cons Ads cost $20 to remove. No more headphone jack. 3G version costs as much as 7-inch color tablets. The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 3G ...

Pew: Half of US adults own tablet or smartphone
The Associated Press
Half of all adult Americans now own either a tablet computer or a smartphone, and one-third use their mobile devices to view news stories and video clips at least once a week. That's according to a survey by the Pew Research Center's Project for ...

Taiwan minister catches flak for iPhone 5 posting
The country's information minister posted a photo of the iPhone 5 on his Facebook account, and under it, put a caption saying, "Help the economy and bolster consumption." by Don Reisinger A look at the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5.

Sharp begins production on 5-inch 1080p displays
A lot of the current top-of-the-line Android handsets have screens with a 1280 x 720 resolution on average, but that's about to change. Sharp is wanting to bring 1080p displays to phablets of all kinds, and has announced that it has started production ...

Samsung's Galaxy Note II goes on sale in UK
Samsung's Galaxy Note II has gone on sale, with the 5.5-inch phablet arriving in the UK just over a month since it was first unveiled. The quadcore handset is available through Three – though it's also due to hit other carriers – as well as unlocked, ...


Illegal downloads given stiff penalties in Japan
TG Daily
Japan is to introduce tough penalties for internet users who download copyright-infringing material - with fines of up to $25700 and a potential two-year jail term. Japan's the world's second-largest music market - but illegal downloads account for a ...

TG Daily

FreedomPop launches freemium 4G data service
Mobile Burn
While other carriers compete with several different pricing tiers to claim they offer customers the best value, only one company can say it offers free wireless internet to its customers. Upstart MVNO FreedomPop has launched a service that delivers ...

Broadcom Shows Off First Fruits from NetLogic Deal
Wall Street Journal (blog)
By Don Clark Communications chips don't typically attract the attention of some other high-tech products. But Broadcom sees its latest as a milestone. The Irvine, Calif., company spent $3.7 billion this year to buy NetLogic Microsystems, ...

Nokia to Supply Oracle With Phonemaker's Location System
By Adam Ewing on October 01, 2012 Nokia Oyj (NOK1V), the smartphone maker that owns mapping database maker Navteq, signed a contract with Oracle Corp. (ORCL) to provide its location platform to the US software maker. Nokia, which bought Chicago-based ...

Oracle plans IaaS to compete with Amazon Web Services
By Chris Kanaracus | IDG News Service Oracle is planning to roll out a new IaaS (infrastructure as a service) offering that will compete directly with Amazon Web Services, along with a service called Oracle Public Cloud that runs inside customers' ...

Verizon Pushed An Important Update To iPhone 5s
Business Insider
Verizon pushed a carrier update to iPhone 5 owners last night that fixes an issue where the phones would use carrier data while still connected to Wi-Fi. It's unclear how much data was leaking through and whether or not customers will be reimbursed for ...

Business Insider

Microsoft's long-term Windows 8 app strategy may backfire, say analysts
By Gregg Keizer Computerworld - As the countdown clock ticks toward Windows 8's launch later this month, Microsoft has still not shown that there will be enough apps to drive users toward the new OS, an analyst said Friday. Last week, Microsoft CEO ...

HP's new ElitePad 900 tablet enables easy disassembly, self-support
By Agam Shah IDG News Service - Hewlett-Packard on Monday announced the new ElitePad 900 tablet with Windows 8, and said the device can be easily disassembled to replace components in order to save hardware and support costs.

Motorola Mobility loses appeal in Microsoft XBox patent case
Chicago Tribune
Google's Motorola Mobility can't enforce a German court order preventing Microsoft from selling its Xbox gaming software in Germany, a US appeals court ruled. A three-judge panel in San Francisco upheld a Seattle judge's order blocking Motorola ...

Geek Speak: World of Warcraft Mists of Pandaria Review (Part 1)
San Francisco Luxury News
Unlike a number of people who have either taken time off work or are embracing unemployment to get to the coveted 90 level cap by gaming at least 20 hours a day, yours truly has had to fit in a substantial amount of gaming time around real life to ...

The Federal Communications Commission has approved a plan to buy unused television airwaves and auction them off for use by smartphones. The plan would raise an estimated $15 billion for the government and help meet the rising demand for wireless ...

Critical Mass 20th anniversary celebrated
GlobalPost (blog)
An estimated 5000 cyclists rode through the streets of San Francisco to commemorate 20 years of Critical Mass. Bicycle riders participate in a 'Critical Mass' war protest in Justin Herman Plaza on March 28, 2003, in San Francisco, Calif.

Two new Slingbox devices spotted in the US
by Philip Wong | 1 October 2012 5:41pm SGT Two new Slingbox devices have been sighted in the US at a Best Buy store. The Slingbox 350 is less than half the size of the current Slingbox Pro-HD model and now supports 1080p video streaming.


Apple, Sony/ATV in rate standoff on streaming service
Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal
Apple Inc. is having problems in negotiating rates with Sony/ATV to get the company's music into Apple's web radio service. According to the New York Times, Cupertino-based Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) negotiations have stalled over price.

Dish And The Dream Of Internet TV
So Dish is the latest company interested in building an Internet TV service, as Bloomberg reported last week that it was in talks with various networks about licensing their content and delivering it over-the-top. But while an over-the-top live TV ...


Crown Castle's T-Mobile Towers Acquisition: Remaining On The Sidelines
Seeking Alpha
Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours. (More...) Crown Castle International (CCI) announced on Friday that it will acquire 7200 T-Mobile towers in a deal valued at $2.4 ...

Space Coast readies for two launches this week
The Space Coast is preparing for two rocket launches scheduled for the upcoming week, and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is hoping they will spur more tourism for the area, CF News 13 reports. United Launch Alliance's Delta IV will launch ...

Instagram beats Twitter on Mobile
Computer Business Review
The popular photo sharing app was accessed more on mobile devices than microblogging service, Twitter. Instagram received more overall interaction on its mobile app than Twitter's in August of this year. According to a report published by AllThingsD, ...

2012 is not the End of the World, says experts
French Tribune
Experts across the globe have been trying different methods, so that they can convince people that prediction being made by the Maya calendar about the end of world is wrong. A meeting was being held in the Merida, where renowned anthropologists, ...

French Tribune

Scientist Blamed For Leaked Docu
Manila Bulletin
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – An Alaska scientist whose observations of drowned polar bears helped galvanize the global warming movement has been reprimanded for improper release of government documents. An Interior Department official said emails released by ...

Gorgeous harvest moon lights up the sky
by SUSAN WYATT / KING 5 News The skies were clear in Western Washington Saturday night and many people went out to take photos of the huge harvest moon. The Harvest Moon is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox.

Microsoft may unveil its own Windows Phone 8 mobile
Microsoft is reportedly building a self-branded Windows Phone 8 device, which is expected to be unveiled in the first half of 2013. According to a report in China Times, the Windows-maker has been working on this phone for almost four months now and ...

Nintendo Wii U Pre-orders Still Available, Release Date (10/1 Update)
HawtWired (blog)
With the recent announcement and details of the holiday 2012 release of the Nintendo Wii U released by Nintendo, pre-orders for the Nintendo Wii U console and games have begun! Walmart offers the Wii U Console bundle option with the choice of either ...

BlackBerry Laguna specs leak with an iPhone 5-beating display
Specs for the BlackBerry Laguna (the US counterpart of the BlackBerry London) have escaped through the cracks of RIM's headquarters and seeped onto the internet. And they're not too shabby. If true, RIM's BlackBerry 10 device will have the highest ...

Sony-Olympus alliance aims for high-tech surgery
Sony's new alliance with scandal-tarnished Olympus will focus on producing endoscopes and other surgical tools packed with the Japanese electronic maker's three-dimensional imaging and super-clear "4K" display technologies. Sony Corp.

Fish likely to shrink as planet warms: study
Brisbane Times
Fish are likely to get smaller on average by 2050 because global warming will cut the amount of oxygen in the oceans in a shift that may also mean dwindling catches, according to a study on Sunday. Average maximum body weights for 600 types of marine ...

Brisbane Times

Is Apple clamping down on third-party app promotion services?
Pocket Gamer.Biz
by Keith Andrew Media attention may have been focused on the launches of iPhone 5 and iOS6 – including the subsequent 'MapGate' and 'ScuffGate' backlashes – but it appears Apple itself has turned its attention to the art of app promotion.

Open webOS 1.0 released, ported to Google Nexus
Hewlett Packard has kept to their schedule and hit the first major milestone by releasing Open webOS 1.0 on the morning on September 30. The development team has released the source code on GitHub, and an Open Embedded build that can run inside an OE ...


Gates lauds new Microsoft system
BigPond News
Microsoft founder Bill Gates has said he is 'very pleased' with the new operating system. Microsoft founder Bill Gates has admitted to being "very pleased" with the new Windows 8 operating system and says that it is "a very exciting product".

BigPond News

Apple Maps Not 'Powerful'; HP ElitePad 900 Hands On; Xbox Live Rewards
PC Magazine
The good news: You can now earn free Microsoft Points as a kind of "cashback" reward for microtransactions you make on Xbox Live. Also making headlines over the weekend: The Oatmeal's Tesla Musem ... Just over $1.37 million dollars. Google Performs ...

Iran unblocks Google email after officials complain
NBCNews.com (blog)
Iran unblocks Google email after officials complain. DUBAI -- Iranian authorities have reopened access to Google Inc's email service a week after blocking it, a government official and Iranians said on Monday. Iran maintains one of the world's largest ...

Nokia Announcement is Bad News for Apple and Google
Google lost Apple, one of its biggest clients, when the iPhone maker decided to team up with TomTom to build its own mapping application. ... Nokia has also inked deals with Amazon(NASDAQ: AMZN ) and Yahoo (NASDAQ: YHOO ). Despite the company's ...

James Bond Tech Still Beyond Our Reach
Discovery News
The James Bond movies gave sixties audiences not only the vicarious thrill of following 007 through dangerous missions in exotic locales, but also a glimpse of the future through some of thetechnology used by Bond and the villains he pursued. Despite ...

US high-tech companies ramping up exports: survey
Chicago Tribune
"It's really being driven by this emerging middle class that have more disposable income and a heavy appetite for technology products like cell phones, tablets and laptops," Ken Rankin, high-techmarketing director at UPS in Atlanta, said in a Friday ...

Will.i.am and Simon Cowell seek Apple-like tech talents
Computerworld (blog)
Speaking to The Sun newspaper (a publication somewhat South of Digitimes when it comes to edgy reportage) the rapper put it like this: “We're working on a project called X Factor for Tech - and it's going to be out of this world. Singing and ...

Virtual Class in Session: Startup's Technology Bring Users Together
Harvard University Professor Michael Sandel's lectures on justice, one of the school's most popular courses, are also a hit on YouTube. They've been viewed millions of times and have elicited thousands of comments. But unlike the students in his class ...

Pew: Half of adults own tablet or smartphone
Pew-half-of-us-adults-own-tablet-or-smartphone ...

Brier Dudley: Tech needs to do more for US if it wants more visas
The Seattle Times
That's the gist of Microsoft's ambitious proposal to revamp U.S. immigration policies regulating the flow of foreign tech workers into the country. Microsoft wants the government to let companies bring in more skilled workers from overseas with special...

The Seattle Times

International Fuel Technology, Inc.'s Participation in the InnoTrans Rail Fair ...
LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- International Fuel Technology, Inc. (IFT) (OTCBB: IFUE) announced that its participation in the InnoTrans Rail Fair in Berlin, Germany, the world's largest rail show, proved successful in capturing additional rail opportunities.

WATCH: Tips For Parents On Setting Limits With Technology, From Carrie ...
Huffington Post
When Carrie Goldman, parenting expert and author of "Bullied", joined me on Mondays With Marlo, we discussed how to set limits on technology for children, and why it's so important to monitor their activity. Carrie shared some wonderful resources that ...

Canary Wharf to create hub for financial tech start-ups
LONDON Oct 1 (Reuters) - London's Canary Wharf business district, home to global banks HSBC, Barclays and Citigroup, wants to attract entrepreneurs with a new centre for technology start-ups focused on financial services. Canary Wharf Group, the owner ...

Tech factory contrast: Foxconn ascends, while Sharp struggles
In its favor, Sharp's in-house technology is highly advanced compared to Foxconn, with the ability to produce items like super-thin touch panels for phones and tablets, highly efficient solar panels, and giant-screen LCD TVs. Still, the future of the ...

Top 10 Tech This Week
By Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
It was another exciting week in tech, filled with a slew of futuristic developments -- and we found the best of the best for you right here in Top 10 Tech..
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